Recycling options during the current kerbside recycling disruption

Since the closure of the SKM Recycling facility in South Geelong kerbside recycling has been sent to landfill.

However, the City has sourced recycling destinations for cardboard, paper, metal and aluminium cans and glass bottles and jars.

This material can be dropped off for recycling at the Geelong and Drysdale Resource Recovery Centres for free.

The City is currently in discussions with Cleanaway in relation to a resumption of the kerbside recycling collection.

Free drop off

The Geelong Resources Recovery Centre will accept at no cost to residents:

  • paper – recycled by Cleanaway
  • cardboard - (excluding any cardboard container designed to hold liquids such as coffee cups, milk or juice cartons) recycled by Cleanaway
  • aluminium cans - recycled by SIMS Metal
  • metal cans – recycled by SIMS Metal
  • glass bottles and jars (no lids) – recycled by the Alex Fraser Group
  • polystyrene packaging – recycled by GDP Industries.
  • mixed plastics numbered 1,2,4 and 5 - recycled by Advanced Circular Polymers.

The Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre will accept at no cost to residents:

  • paper- recycled by GT Recycling
  • cardboard-(excluding any cardboard container designed to hold liquids such as coffee cups, milk or juice cartons) recycled by GT Recycling
  • aluminium cans - recycled by SIMS Metal
  • metal cans - recycled by SIMS Metal
  • glass bottles and jars (no lids) - recycled by the Alex Fraser Group.
  • mixed plastics numbered 1,2,4 and 5 - recycled by Advanced Circular Polymers.

Free e-waste drop off

In addition, the facilities have been recently upgraded to enable residents to recycle their e-waste at no cost. This consists of any item with a power lead or battery.


Additional free drop off items

Residents can also drop off a wide variety of items at the resource centres at no cost. These include:

  • televisions
  • computer equipment and accessories
  • larger rigid plastic items such as wheelie bins, garden pots, milk crates, bread crates and outdoor furniture
  • scrap metal items such as lawn mowers
  • white goods such as fridges, ovens, dryers and dishwashers
  • paint
  • motor oils.

Recycling soft plastics

Soft plastics such as bread bags, biscuit packet wrappers, pasta and rice bags, frozen food and veggie bags can continue to be dropped off at participating Coles and Woolworths supermarkets - see the full list.

Wherever possible residents are encouraged to reduce their recycling by:

  • avoiding products packaged in glass or plastic
  • purchasing products packaged in metal and aluminium cans, paper or cardboard.




Page last updated: Monday, 14 October 2019

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